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It’s real estate tech’s best sleeper story of super success. Tech Helpline, created and owned by Florida Realtors, is the real estate industry’s number one tech support service. By a county mile. I will bet you can’t even name who is ranked number two. Or three, or four, or any of their direct competitors for that matter. I can’t, and I am a consultant for them. Where else in real estate tech or proptech can you make that claim?  Where does a real estate related tech firm dominates a category so profoundly? Tech Helpline is currently available to nearly half the Realtors in North America – more than 600,000 in the U.S. and Canada. You can meet some of its staff in person at NAR Midyear, Booth 818. But take a look at the maps below to get a perspective on its massive physical reach.   So why has this story not been told more broadly? Is the story not sexy enough? Tech Helpline has flown mostly under the radar perhaps because the media sees it as too boring. They keep doing the same thing again and again. The same way. While they are doing it better, it’s not because they are improving their technology as much as they are increasing the skills of their people. How do you write about that? It’s easy to write about a tech product that adds an Artificial Intelligence feature as a cutting-edge improvement. That’s sexy. But how do you make the fact that Tech Helpline’s team, including its staff of professional tech analysts, with almost 300 years of combined IT experience, helps agents fix printers that won’t print contracts, smartphones that won’t text clients, and laptops that crashed and won’t start up? That’s pretty boring, right? Counter-argument: Tech Helpline is super-model sexy if you think of it from an agent’s or broker’s point-of-view. A shiny object doesn’t make their car payment or pay down their mortgage. Tech Helpline saves their bacon. Keeps them producing, gets them back to doing what they do best: making sales, closing transactions. Tech Helpline is a godsend for so many agents who are about to close a contract or run to a closing, but a piece of their tech fails. If agents didn’t have Tech Helpline to reach out to and save the day, they would be stuck and so would some of their transactions. Customer service ratings […]

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WAV Group would like to invite you to a webinar where we have invited two of the industry’s largest MLS data companies to tell their story of a quiet revolution that is taking place in real estate and what it means for Brokerage firms and their agents. The entire industry is in the middle of a data feed switch, and everything is impacted. Most brokers are in the dark about this important conversion that is powering all of their software solutions.

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IRVINE, Calif., February 7, 2018—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced it is adding DisclosureSave to the Clareity® SSO Dashboard to enable nearly twenty-thousand California agents simpler access to natural hazard disclosure reports required to close each transaction. Three multiple listing organizations throughout the state now display DisclosureSave as an option for their members—allowing them to conveniently select and order reports directly from the Discover Network panel within the Clareity SSO Dashboard. “We brought DisclosureSave into the CoreLogic family to offer real estate professionals in California a high quality, data-powered product and a simpler way to order,” said Chris Bennett, executive leader of Real Estate Solutions for CoreLogic. “Home sellers must provide natural hazard reports in California—and we have leading edge underlying data and world-class processes to stay current. That’s product quality that agents, escrow officers and home buyers can feel confident about.” “We touch over 1.2 million agents, almost every day, with our combined Matrix™, Realist®, and Clareity platforms,” adds Bennett. “With this volume of daily agent-touch, we’re always asking ourselves how we can take more work off an agent’s plate by making it as simple as possible to do a job they spend time worrying about today. And we’ve done that with DisclosureSave by adding it to the Clareity SSO Dashboard. We think our California members will find it easier than ever to order a report they’re tasked to chase down for every closing.” For more information about DisclosureSave, visit DisclosureSave.com About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The company’s combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.    CORELOGIC, the CoreLogic logo, CLAREITY, MATRIX and REALIST are trademarks of CoreLogic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective […]

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Boyenga Team Delivers Online Excellence Through Chime

by Victor Lund on December 4, 2017

Eric and Janelle Boyenga are a husband and wife real estate team working with buyers and sellers in one of the most technology focused markets in the world for two decades. California’s Silicon Valley is not only the epicenter of global technology, but also real estate technology. To position their company, the Boyenga Team comfortably promotes themselves as Property Nerds. They aim to deliver the best digital experience to their clients with an abundance of software applications. They target their services to engineers and other employees of online companies like Google, Facebook, Sun Microsystems, Apple, and the many leading technology firms in the Silicon Valley. “You cannot grow a successful real estate team in the Silicon Valley without a constant investment in cutting edge technology,” says Eric Boyenga. The genesis of creating online engagement with consumers started for the Boyengas early in their careers with Intero Real Estate. Intero was among the first brokerages in America to deliver agent websites with full CRM, lead management, and transaction management in the early 2000s. At the time, Intero’s partner was the AgentAchieve platform that is now offered through CoreLogic. As the Boyenga Team grew and evolved, they found themselves moving further away from the technology offered by their brokerage and towards investing more in their own suite of applications. That shift, combined with the business model and team support ideology, caused the Boyenga Team to move their business to Keller Williams in 2012. Customer-Focused Technology Over the years, the Boyengas have pursued many strategies to engage consumers online; manage the relationships forever, using a variety of tools from a wide spectrum of real estate technology innovators. Although the Boyenga Team is expert at operating real estate technology solutions, they are not programmers. “We listen to our clients who share stories about their buying and selling experience,” says Eric Boyenga. “That influences the strategic direction that we pursue in delivering online excellence.” The Boyenga Team is fortunate to be able to solicit feedback from customers who have expertise in technology that overwhelms that of any real estate agent, team, or brokerage. “Our customers are the people who have reimagined how the internet operates at its core, and they have their hands on developing the amazing technology applications that shape how the world engages online,” says Boyenga. For example, when it comes to developing a strategy for listing syndication, the Boyengas learned from their […]

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FBS Acquires Solid Earth

by Kevin Hawkins on December 4, 2017

If 2018 does indeed turn out to be “The Year of Consolidation” in the MLS world, then the stage was set today in the MLS technology world by FBS. One of the most respected and innovative tech firms serving the real estate industry just helped with the consolidation trend. Michael Wurzer, who heads up FBS, creators of Flexmls System and the API that started it all (Spark Platform), announced today the acquisition of Solid Earth’s Spring software platform and the hiring of the Spring team, including its CEO Matt Fowler. This marks FBS first acquisition. Ever. Considering the company was established over 30 years ago, this is a BIG deal. FBS is known for industry “firsts” in the MLS tech world. It was the first to offer a native mobile app, first to create a Web API with its Spark API technology, and earlier this year, first to power on-demand IDX websites for agents with AgentSquared. Now it has its first acquisition. Read the full news release here: FBS acquires Solid Earth’s Spring software platform to achieve powerful industry vision Fargo, North Dakota – December 4, 2017 – FBS, creators of the industry-leading Flexmls® System and Spark Platform, announce acquisition of Solid Earth’s Spring software platform and the hiring of the Spring team. The trio of the Spring® Portal, the Spark® API, and the Flexmls® System creates a new, powerful platform that puts MLSs, brokers, and agents in full control of their data and brand to clearly and beautifully showcase their unique value propositions to their client-bases on both web and mobile platforms. Michael Wurzer, CEO of FBS, says he looks forward to building on the foundation established when FBS and Solid Earth announced a partnership earlier this year to build the Spring Portal on the Spark API. “Spring is the best MLS consumer portal in the market and powering it with the Spark API reduces duplicate entry and data lock-in for brokers and agents,” Wurzer said. “Today, MLSs, brokers, and agents need to clearly and beautifully communicate the full-breadth of the powerful value proposition they deliver together, and Spring is laser-focused on creating the best portal to deliver on that value proposition.” With Spring MLS consumer portals already being deployed in a number of MLS markets, both Wurzer and Solid Earth CEO and co-Founder Matt Fowler (who will continue his role leading the Spring team at FBS as a […]

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Stan Martin Promoted to MLS Director in Austin

by Marilyn Wilson on October 24, 2017

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We’re very excited to see the news that Stan Martin has been promoted to MLS Director for the Austin Board of REALTORS®! We have had the pleasure and honor of working with Stan on several projects. He has an impressive depth of understanding of where MLSs need to go and the best ways to serve ABOR members’ technology needs. He is extremely customer-centric and always looking for ways to better serve the needs of brokers of all sizes.  He is focused on continuing to improve ABOR’s MLS services for ALL members – he has worked diligently to improve the organization’s services for appraisers, property managers and affiliates in addition to agents and brokers. He will now oversee the progressive ABOR technology programs including the company’s RESO Reference Server designed to encourage developers to create innovative technologies built with RESO certified data among others. Congratulations Stan!  Well-deserved! Here’s the full press release:   Austin Board of REALTORS® Promotes Stan Martin to MLS Director Martin to support 13,000-subscriber Multiple Listing Service in Central Texas AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 24, 2017 – The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), one of the nation’s most progressive Multiple Listing Services (MLSs), announced today that Stan Martin has been promoted to Director of MLS. Effective immediately, Stan will assume the responsibility for leading efforts to continue to drive strategic relevance and operational excellence of the MLS for ABoR in partnership with its Board of Directors. An experienced MLS executive, Martin provides a strong combination of product management and operational expertise to ABoR, building on trusted relationships gained with both ABoR members and industry leaders, while also contributing to significant growth for the Association. Brandy Guthrie, President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, says, “Stan has a depth of understanding about what Central Texas REALTORS® need from the technology of the MLS. He knows how to deliver timely and superior service to our participants and subscribers. Under Stan’s leadership and guidance, satisfaction of the technology services our Association offers is strong. We are thrilled to see him step into the role to lead our entire MLS operation.” Prior to accepting this role, Martin served as interim MLS Director at ABoR. He began his tenure with ABoR in 2003, serving multiple roles ranging from Data Support Services to MLS Supervisor. For the past 14 years, Martin has been instrumental in numerous MLS system conversions and product implementations. Most recently, Martin […]

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MLSs have a great opportunity to significantly improve the relevance and marketing power of their organization by finding ways to better serve the needs of their brokers and real estate consumers. I had the honor of interviewing David Charron, Chief Strategy Office of Bright MLS about the highly successful merger between Trend MLS, MRIS and several other MLSs in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. They have come together to create one of the largest MLSs in North America. Hear directly from David what it took to accomplish this broker-centric feat!  Check out the video below where David will give you specific ideas about how you too can accomplish consolidation in your local market. Learn from one of the best and brightest(pun intended) about how to create a more relevant organization positioned to help REALTORS®  succeed in even big ways. After you watch the video be sure to subscribe to WAV Group’s newly relaunched Youtube Channel too! Enjoy!  

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In these times where inventory is so low there is nothing more important than figuring out new ways to secure listing appointments and convincing consumers that it’s the right time to sell!   Finding the best ways to engage with potential sellers is the KEY to business success. You’ve probably heard the old adage – You have to list to last!   How can you train and motivate your agents to aggressively pursue seller leads and scheduling listing presentations?   What you do in the minutes after you receive a lead makes a huge difference. And when you wait to contact that lead, chances are another real estate agent is going to get to them first. So what can you train your agents to do? Your agents need an iron clad lead follow up strategy that instantly responds to leads for them, so even when they are busy… they can still keep potential clients focused on them and not another agent. On Wednesday, September 27th at 9:00am PT W+R Studios’ National Trainer, Ricardo Bueno, Marilyn Wilson from RE Technology and Realtor Ray Fernandez are holding a free, panel-style webinar “Lead Follow Up Secrets for Busy Agents.” Join me on a webinar that I’m facilitating next week! This webinar will cover simple and proven lead follow up strategies that will help even the busiest agent convert more leads into clients. You don’t want to miss this! REGISTER NOW!  

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IRVINE, Calif., September 11, 2017—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, announced today that its focus on innovation in real estate solutions is helping drive its market penetration to record heights. Across all its solutions for residential real estate—which include listing, property information, and brokerage management platforms—CoreLogic now serves more than one million real estate agents throughout the United States and Canada. The most widely used CoreLogic solutions are Matrix™, North America’s leading multiple listing platform with approximately 750,000 users, and Realist®, the real estate industry’s most popular property information and advanced mapping system with more than 800,000 users. Many clients use both Realist and Matrix, but the combined unique user count is over a million. “Serving a million unique users is a tremendous milestone,” said Chris Bennett, executive leader of Real Estate Solutions for CoreLogic. “We’ve worked hard to deliver the forward-looking solutions our clients need to thrive in the modern real estate economy, and this is the result. Now we’re focused on Matrix 360, a project that will combine Matrix and Realist on the same platform, culminating in a groundbreaking property-centric system that will set the standard for the entire industry. We showed off many innovative ideas for future development at our annual Real Estate Solutions User Group Summit in Dana Point, Calif., and our clients just loved it.” CoreLogic recently completed a multi-year conversion project to consolidate its legacy multiple listing platform clients on Matrix. Version 7.0—the latest upgrade currently rolling out to customers—introduced a responsive client portal that agents can use to collaborate with buyers on the home search process. “Our agent members are raving about the new Matrix client portal,” said Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of My Florida Regional MLS. “The design, the usability, the mobile-friendly interface… everything is great. Most importantly, homebuyers and sellers are loving it too.” About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The company’s combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on […]

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Looking for Job Security? Brokers are Looking for THIS!

by Marilyn Wilson on September 5, 2017

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By far, an IDX feed is the most heavily used broker tool offered by MLSs today.  Most brokers offer IDX data including active listings and many also include SOLD and PENDING listings thanks to the NAR IDX policy changes which allow brokers to leverage all statuses. One progressive MLS recognized how important IDX feeds are. RMLS in Portland, took the proactive step to transition every one of their IDX feeds to a RESO Certified collection of data.  This bold step allows all brokers to take full advantage of the rich collection of data relevant to their market available with Platinum Certification. Key Takeaways IDX Providers LOVE the idea of evolving all IDX feeds in a market to RESO Compliant standardized data. It saves them a ton of time and money and lets them focus on innovation and not data challenges. MLSs can help make the transition to RESO Certified IDX feeds much easier by following three simple steps: Concurrent Access – Give your IDX suppliers access to BOTH the current IDX feed as well as the new RESO compliant feed to make it easier for them to check the new feed is pulling data just as the current IDX is doing. That makes it much easier to test the new feed. Comparison Spreadsheet – Provide a spreadsheet that shows all of the fields currently offered and then show what the new data field will be called. Also show what fields are being added, removed or changed. Do not Increase Column Size – In all cases the length of the columns in the new RMLS IDX feed did not increase. They stayed the same size or decreased. From a database perspective, that makes it so much easier because the IDX providers do not have to change anything on their side. While we were thrilled to find out that the process was not that difficult from the MLSs perspective, we wanted to find out what the technology companies required to make the transition thought of the move. We interviewed Chris Freeman, CTO of Wolfnet Technologies to find out what he thought of the move.  Wolfnet aggregates data from 640 MLSs today so they are no stranger to data migrations. Chris was thrilled with the seamless process implemented by RMLS in Portland.  He told us, “It was one of the simplest data transitions we have had to make. The RMLS IDX feed was […]

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RMLS, arguably one of the most progressive MLSs in America today took a brave new step to make it easier for their brokers to promote their brands online leveraging rich, comprehensive and timely MLS information. They have REQUIRED every one of their IDX suppliers to move to a RESO-Compliant data feed. They made this bold move in just a few short weeks. The move has been applauded by Brokers and Technology companies alike. Learn about why MOVOTO, a large broker with one of the top 10 property search sites in America, believes aligning against the RESO standards is a great IDEA. Key Takeaways The move for MLSs to transition to ONLY RESO-compliant IDX feeds is not that difficult. Moving to offering only a RESO-compliant IDX feed is not that difficult.  RMLS™, one of the first MLSs in the country to distribute only RESO-Compliant IDX feeds, made the move in just FOUR weeks. They launched a campaign to their IDX providers showing them the fields that needed to be transitioned to be RESO-compliant and requiring them to transition completely ONLY to a RESO-Compliant IDX feed. Promotion is Key According to RMLS™, to make the move MLSs will need an effective promotional campaign to be sure each of your technology companies is aware of the reasons for the change and knows exactly what they need to do to make the transition successfully. Set a deadline Be sure to set a deadline with a reasonable timeframe to allow each of your IDX providers can meet the deadline. Since many of the largest IDX providers have already made the transition in RMLS™, it should make it easier for them. Brokers Endorse RESO-compliant IDX feeds   Brokers support the idea of making IDX feeds RESO-compliant. They applaud MLSs that make this bold move.  Join forces with RMLS™ and make the move in your MLS.  It’s hard to argue that standardized real estate listing data is not good for our industry. It makes it easier for brokers to collect and distribute information from multiple MLSs on their website.   It allows technology companies to move into new markets more quickly.  It allows MLSs to collaborate in new and exciting ways. The leaders at RMLS™ in Portland, Oregon decided to take a bold step designed to help brokers and agents achieve all of the benefits of standardized information for online marketing. RMLS™, one of the pioneers in the […]

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New! FREE RESO Marketing Toolkit!

by Marilyn Wilson on May 25, 2017

Help brokers understand how RESO standardized data delivered via the RESO Web API will help them bring new technology solutions to market and differentiate their messaging, lead gen, market statistics and green marketing. Thanks to MLSs across the country who have done a great job of embracing the Real Estate Standards Organization, the RESO Data Dictionary and RESO Web API. Today, 93% of all REALTORS® in America work with MLSs that are RESO Certified. Congratulations! In practical terms that means that brokers can now improve their ability to capture leads, save searches across multiple devices, promote green properties and take credit for the listing exposure they are generating, expand into new markets more quickly and save time and money on data normalization personnel. While RESO has done an amazing job, there is still little awareness among technology suppliers and brokers about the core advantages of RESO. That’s where YOU come in!   RESO is asking that MLSs help drive DEMAND for RESO Data Dictionary and Web API based data feeds. RESO knows how busy you are. That’s why they hired WAV Group to help bring you the FREE RESO Marketing Toolkit.  There are a variety of pre-created videos, banners, articles and information guides that you can provide to your technology partners and brokers to help drive interest in RESO feeds. It’s a very tangible way to demonstrate how much you are looking out for your broker’s best interest. Click HERE to request your FREE marketing toolkit! Your brokers will thank you for it!

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Pacific Union Delivers On International Reach

by Victor Lund on May 25, 2017

WAV Group has been studying broker website effectiveness for more than a decade. One area of interest is global reach. When we look at Google Analytics, we study traffic to understand the level of visibility that brokers are achieving for their websites internationally. Over the past 12 months, Pacific Union International has been living up to their name by expanding their international reach. Driving International Reach International reach has largely been a listing tool in real estate. Even in global cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago or New York, we see that 85% of buyers come from the immediate region. 10% come from other areas within the United States. Only 5% come from international buyers. Despite the real data, sellers continue to believe the media that buyers come from China and Russia. For many brokerages, the seller’s demand for international reach is colored in though franchise or network relationships. There is good news for brokerages that are not affiliated with franchises or networks. Over the past year, Pacific Union International has been focused on reaching high net-worth individuals, increasing their reach in the U.K. by 360%, and over 500% in China. Their targeting has resulted in 900% increased traffic in India and a staggering 2190% increase in Brazil. It is a 6 figure investment, but far more effective than the delivery of international buyers from networks or franchises. Pacific Union’s traffic, leads, and transactions have grown enormously with this proactive approach. Building International Relationships In addition to international marketing, Pacific Union understands that the true success of any international effort is developing relationships with leading brokerage firms across the globe. The distinction here is that they are not building a list. The relationships that they have built for decades are sincere and personal.  Their commitment to these relationships ensures that Pacific Union clients buying abroad get the same level of service that they get at home. Moreover, Pacific Union delivers concierge service to international clients here in America in return. The countries on this map represent the nations where Pacific Union holds these personal trust relationships with foreign brokerage firms. The Pacific Union executive team travels to many of these locations each year to bond with partners, and welcomes inbound partner visits in the best possible way. Communication to Agents and Consumers Performing at this high level is nothing new for Pacific Union. They operate in the most competitive […]

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May 23, 2017 – Greensboro, NC – Today, Elm Street Technology (EST) announced the acquisition of Consolidated Knowledge, a technology platform provider to the residential real estate and multi-family industries. This acquisition is the next step in EST’s ongoing efforts to consolidate the real estate industry’s leading technology and marketing service providers. Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of strategic moves EST has made in recent months to create a portfolio of marketing and technology products and services that, when integrated, offer a single technology solution providing lead generation to client retention services for agents, teams, brokers and others.  Over the past several months, the company has acquired Listingbook, a leading MLS data powered CRM platform and RLS2000, a premier provider of IDX websites and social media marketing services. “The products that Consolidated Knowledge has developed have enabled the company to assemble a respectable portfolio of customers, including SRE Matrix in a short period of time” said Prem Luthra, President and CEO of EST. “We’re excited about adding their customers, team and technologies to our rapidly growing enterprise.” “Our team is excited to join the portfolio of EST’s companies and I’m personally looking forward to joining such an experienced and well respected leadership team,” said Lucas Haldeman, Founder and CEO of Consolidated Knowledge.  “The current vendor landscape in the real estate industry is way too fragmented, causing extra work and unnecessary time investments from real estate professionals.  EST is devoted to developing or acquiring all products and services under one roof that today’s real state professional needs to grow their business.” “Consolidated Knowledge has assembled a ‘world-class’ team of software and database engineers that have developed several platforms we’re excited to introduce to our rapidly growing customer base,” said Randall Kaplan, Chairman of EST.  “By combining their engineering talent with our sales and marketing capabilities, we plan to rapidly expand the solutions we’re offering to the real estate community.” Among the customers currently utilizing Consolidated Knowledge’s solutions is SRE Matrix, the nationwide brokerage firm founded by acclaimed business mogul Takeshi Sekiguchi.  “As a customer of Consolidated Knowledge, we’re excited about how the best-in-class portfolio of marketing and productivity solutions that EST is building will benefit SRE, its agents and our customers.” Contacts: Elizabeth Kaplan Elm Street Technology ekaplan@elmstreettechnology.com 401.632.3186 About Elm Street Technology Elm Street Technology offers a portfolio of real estate technology and marketing services companies that […]

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Consolidation of Associations of Realtors® and Multiple Listing Organizations has been the chapter and verse of our industry over the past few years. If we all learned anything during the recession it is that the organizations that support Realtors® need to deliver a higher bar of services. WAV Group is excited to share the announcement of collaboration between two of Americas great Association Boards who have come together to form a more perfect union. The State of Florida is one of America’s great Realtor® chapters. Along with New York, Texas, and California they boast one of the highest member counts. The Miami Association of Realtors® is the largest Association in America, followed by the Houston Association.  This merger appears to bump the Long Island board down a notch by a narrow margin (around 2000 if my count is right). This merger combines the MLS and the Associations of Ft. Lauderdale and the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and covers a four county region along the east coast of Florida stretching north from Miami. The cornerstone of this consolidation is a result of the hard work of the staff and the volunteer leadership. The forward thinking leadership of the board presidents along with the capable and progressive attitudes of CEOs Dionna Hall and Rick Barkett pulled this merger together. Mr. Barkett will be retiring at the end of the year, culminating the career of one of our industry’s greatest CEOs. Hall will helm the new organization. The new company will be named Realtors® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale. The new company will be offering an MLS service that covers the four county area with a front end website of choice using either FBS Flex MLS (current vendor for Palm Beaches) or CoreLogic Matrix (current vendor for Fort Lauderdale). In re-imagining how they will operate the Association of this size over such a large geography, they have established 5 regional boards, each of which has 10 regional volunteer leaders. It will keep policy-making local, training local, government affairs local, etc. On top of that local dedication will be the wider, all encompassing service delivery that a membership and subscriber base of more than 30,000 Realtors®. According to David Charron, Chief Strategist for the Bright MLS consolidation says “services get better and less expensive when you scale over 30,000.  Importantly I admire their decision to create both the local […]

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eXp Realty, The Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®, one of the largest, fastest growing and most innovative brokerages in America today has created a very exciting new position, the MLS/Association Success Manager.  This is the FIRST brokerage that we’re aware of that takes their relationship with their agents and local MLSs/Associations seriously enough to create a dedicated position like this. The MLS/Association Success Manager will be a key member of the eXp Agent Experience team. This newly created position will act as the first line of support for eXp agents in the states of Texas, California and Florida when they have questions or challenges with their local MLS or Association. This highly agent-centric position will help each eXp agent in the assigned states to take full advantage of the services and support provided by their local MLS and Association. Agents can contact the MLS and Association Success Manager with challenges like transferring their MLS subscription, resetting their password, resolving an MLS compliance issue, resolving a billing issue, registering for a training class, attending an event, MLS system question, fix an IDX issue or other challenges as they arise.  The position may also include simple technology training or other types of support as needed. The successful candidate will have deep trust relationships with MLS and Association leadership in Texas, Florida and California.  They will have worked for MLSs or Associations in support, compliance or training or may have experience interfacing with MLSs while working for a technology company. About eXp REALTY Since 2009, the company has attracted over 3300 agents from 43 states with their unique and effective approach to selling real estate.   Unlike other brokerages who are stuck in the past, eXp Realty has built a culture that considers the needs of the agent first and foremost and provides them with the tools they need to succeed with today’s mobile consumers.   eXp Realty Mission The entire company is focused on helping good things happen for other people. Positivity is simply part of their culture and why we love helping people find homes. This exciting, dynamic company is looking for a special candidate that has proven success in organized real estate and is looking for a way to leverage technology in powerful and innovative ways to continue eXp Realty on its trajectory of success. Help an agent get back to work as soon as they can by helping them to resolve an outstanding […]

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Fixing Real Estate with People and 2.0 Technology

by Kevin Hawkins on May 10, 2017

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In Colorado there’s a modern brokerage called 8z Real Estate that has become known for its collaborative work environment and home to top producing teams that support one another. And despite all the competition – after all it is in RE/MAX’s backyard – it’s become a dominate player on Colorado’s Front Range. Most recently, 8z Rea Estate garnered the attention of The Denver Post, which selected Boulder-based 8z Real Estate as the “Top Workplace” of 2017 for midsize companies in Colorado. And 8z and its founder Lane Hornung were also recently profiled in a Colorado Business Magazine story “8z Real Estate: Purpose, alignment and trust.” But the most interesting part of the 8z Real Estate story is its spinoff, a sister company, called zavvie.  The hot Colorado start-up was created based on the technology developed for 8z Real Estate agents, and it was recently feature in both the Denver Business Journal – “Boulder entrepreneur launches social media site for real estate agents” – and Boulder’s Daily Camera story “’Real estate 2.0′: Boulder’s 8z spins off technology into new company zavvie.” Together, these firms share the same DNA, as both of its principals – Hornung and Stefan Peterson – are the chief architects of the business strategies for both firms, fusing decades of both real estate and technology experience into building these next generation real estate businesses. Right now both companies are only operating in Colorado, but the results of both these firms are impressive, and worth watching. The Denver Post “Top Workplaces” Honor 8z Real Estate took top honors from a survey of more than 48,000 Colorado workers. The Boulder-based brokerage landed at the top of The Denver Post 2017 list of Midsize Workplaces for companies based in Colorado. 8z topped established national brand names based in Colorado including Safelite Autoglass, New York Life, and First American Title, as well as every real estate brokerage firm in Colorado. Midsize workplaces surveyed included companies with 150 to 499 people. The Post list of all “Top Workplaces” includes other household names such as USAA, Edward Jones, T-Mobile, Charles Schwab, and many others. “Being named as the ‘best of the best’ by the most independent and respected media institution in Colorado is the highest honor,” said Hornung, 8z Real Estate founder and co-founder of zavvie. “But more importantly, knowing this list is created based on the ratings provided by our own agents, that’s […]

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          —700,000+ Agents to be on Matrix by Yearend— IRVINE, Calif., May 9, 2017—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, announced today the completion of a large-scale project to convert its Fusion™, MLXchange® and TEMPO® clients to the Matrix™ multiple listing platform. More than 50 clients on CoreLogic legacy systems were migrated to Matrix in less than 30 months. “Successfully converting so many multiple listing clients in two-and-a-half years is a great achievement,” said Chris Bennett, general manager of Real Estate Solutions for CoreLogic. “We completed all this work on top of at least 40 other client projects and new Matrix installations during the same period. It was a challenging project in many ways, but we gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and efficiency throughout the organization that will benefit all our clients.” Including additional conversions scheduled for 2017, more than 700,000 real estate professionals will be using Matrix by yearend. “Thanks to this successful conversion effort and the support of our clients, Matrix has grown to become the industry-standard multiple listing platform,” said Bennett. “With this project behind us, I feel like we have climbed to the top of a mountain, and now the sky’s the limit.” About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The company’s combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com. CORELOGIC, the CoreLogic logo, FUSION, MLXCHANGE, TEMPO, and MATRIX are trademarks of CoreLogic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Media Contact: Alyson Austin Corporate Communications 949-214-1414 newsmedia@corelogic.com Investor Contact: Dan Smith Investor Relations 703-610-5410 danlsmith@corelogic.com

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First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), located in Atlanta, Georgia is seeking a new Chief Operating Officer. Founded by real estate brokers in 1957, First MLS was the first MLS in the state of Georgia.  It has a unique business model which is highly economically beneficial to brokers which creates strong loyalty and commitment. Currently FMLS serves more than 36,000 real estate professionals in Georgia with over 2000+ broker offices.  The FMLS database currently contains more than 39,000 active listings spread across 110 counties throughout the state. FMLS’ Mission is to “help fulfill financial dreams by providing superior technology, service and training to facilitate the success of our members.”   They focus on thoughtful products and services that not only meet the needs of today’s real estate professionals, but exceeds them.  Their Corporate mission drives how they do their daily work, from the way they answer the phone to the way they prioritize themselves. Atlanta, Georgia, FMLS’ location, is the only city in the country that still has two MAJOR MLSs with significant duplication in members.  FMLS has to continually innovate to remain relevant in this situation.  This position is ideal for someone who takes great pride in their work and wants to continually improve the value of its MLS services. The scope of this position is much broader than most MLS positions. As a Chief Operating Officer, this position oversees several areas of the company including Member Services, Training, Product, Administration and Finance, Human Resources and Technology. Because of the breadth of this position, it requires someone with deep technology skills as well as strong managerial, coaching and leadership skills. The ideal candidate will be in tune with the needs of today’s brokers and will have proven experience building strong relationships while satisfying the ever-changing technology needs of brokers and their agents.   They will be able to operate in a nimble and dynamic environment and be able to lead decisive and customer-centric teams. Here are the responsibilities of the position: Participates in the development and preparation of short and long-term goals and plans based on the broad organizational goals and objectives. Responsible for the measurement and effectiveness of internal and external processes and controls. Appraises and evaluates the results of overall operations regularly and provides reporting of these results to the CEO. Directs and prioritizes technology and IT strategy implementation, planning, projects and budgeting. Directs and prioritizes product management and escalate […]

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It is a new day in Connecticut, the Constitution State. The Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (CTMLS), and the Greater Fairfield County CMLS (GFC CMLS) together representing over 17,000 real estate professionals in Connecticut, will merge to form one MLS that will be called SmartMLS. Connecticut is the third smallest state in America by landmass, but at over 3.5 million people, the state is the 29th in population. It boasts the highest per capita income in America. The combined MLS will be among the 20 largest in the nation and perhaps in the top 10 in terms of dollar value at $13 Billion in trades. Both MLS are on CoreLogic Matrix systems. Congratulations to Kathy Elson and Cameron Paine on the merger of their companies. I can also personally attest that Michael Barbaro, President of the newly formed Smart MLS contributed extraordinary leadership in finding the right synergy to pull this together. WAV Group works with many MLSs to support mergers and acquisition. If you would like to discuss our services, please reach out to Marilyn Wilson or Victor Lund. Full Press release follows. Press Release Two Largest MLSs in Connecticut Approve Merger WALLINGFORD, CT March 14, 2017:  The Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (CTMLS), and the Greater Fairfield County CMLS (GFC CMLS) together representing over 17,000 real estate professionals in Connecticut, will merge to form one MLS that will be called SmartMLS. The merger announcement follows the successful, unanimous votes of Directors and Brokers in both multiple listing services (MLSs) as well as the Board of Directors of Connecticut REALTORS®.  “I could not be more proud of the Realtor® spirit of this merger whereby the combined leadership of the CTMLS and GFC CMLS Board of Directors made a conscious decision to stay focused on the best outcome for our Realtor® members and the clients they serve,” said newly named SmartMLS President Michael Barbaro, he continued “as a result we were able to make it to today’s announcement in record time of four months.” The combining of the backend MLS databases is already in progress and full live operations will begin summer of 2017. Agents that previously belonged to both MLSs will instantly realize $522,000 in savings once SmartMLS begins operations. The driving force behind the merger is the recognition that overlapping MLS systems require agents to belong to multiple MLSs and perform duplicate listing entry.  Consumer expectation is that […]

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